March Dance Happenings in New York City

By Rachel Straus

Guggenheim Museum Works + Process: “How Judges Judge—Youth America Grand Prix”

March 6 and 7

Youth America Grand Prix is America’s first and the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. JYAGP jury members Gailene Stock, Director of the Royal Ballet School; Franco de Vita, Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre; and Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, will offer insight into the selection process as they critique dancers’ performances during an impromptu ballet competition on stage.

Keigwin + Company at The Joyce Theater

March 8 – 13

The cabaret-oriented, bawdy choreographer Larry Keigwin premieres Dark Habits, which examines fashion and drama (and of course sex). The score features original music by cellist Chris Lancaster and pianist Jerome Begin as well as familiar rock tunes.

Guggenheim Museum Works + Process: “Watermill Quintet—Robert Wilson Curates New Performances”

March 13 and 14

Robert Wilson will present his newest work in process. Combining dance, performance art, theater, video, and music, Wilson’s piece is created in collaboration with five young emerging directors and choreographers, and the composer Michael Galasso.

Martha Graham Dance Company’s 85th Anniversary Season at the Rose Theater

March 15 -20

America’s oldest modern dance company will offer four programs, featuring Graham’s master works, a world premiere by Taiwanese choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava, a revival of Robert Wilson’s Snow on the Mesa, and “The Political Dance Project,” a montage of dances by 1930s female choreographers of the political left.

Trisha Brown Dance Company at Dance Theater Workshop

Mar 16 – 19, 22 – 26

The company will present four works, including Foray Forêt, (1990), the last of a series of works created in collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg; and Watermotor (1978), Brown’s solo dance that will be performed for the first time by a dancer other than herself.

Miro Magloire, Ben Munisteri and Michele Wiles at the Museum of Art and Design

March 16

Magloire and Munisteri’ solos for American Ballet Theater principal dancer Michele Wiles will show off her versatility in an intimate, tabula rasa-like gallery space of this new museum.

Guggenheim Museum Works + Process: “Royal Danish Ballet”

March 21 and 22

Prior to their American tour in May and June 2011, the Royal Danish Ballet dancers will perform excerpts from the repertory. Newly appointed artistic director Nikolaj Hübbe (a former New York City Ballet principal) will discuss his vision for the company with John Meehan, Professor of Dance at Vassar College. Dancers will perform highlights from August Bournonville’s The Jockey Dance, La Sylphide, A Folk Tale, and Bournonville Variations, plus Nikolaj Hübbe’s new staging of Napoli, and Jorma Elo’s Lost on Slow.

“Dances From The Heart” at Cedar Lake Theater

March 21 and 22

Now in its sixth year, the event will offer four performances over two days and feature 19 dance companies in benefit of Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Juilliard School Spring Dance Concert at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

March 23-27

Dance division students will perform Bronislava Nijinska’s masterwork Les Noces (1923), Eliot Feld’s Skara Brae (1986) and Mark Morris’s Grand Duo (1993)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company at The Joyce Theater

Mar 22-27

Before disbanding in December 2011, the company will present at The Joyce CRWDSPCR, Quartet, and Antic Meet. This trio of dances has not been seen in New York for decades. Performing Cunningham’s works are the final group of dancers he personally trained.

Guggenheim Museum Works + Process: “Celebrating David Del Tredici—With New Choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett”

March 27 and 28

Lynne Taylor-Corbett presents a dance to David Del Tredici’s Grosse Tarantella. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez, will sing Del Tredici’s Four Heartfelt Anthems. A moderated discussion with the composer and choreographer will follow the performance.

Dance Theater Workshop: Richard Move and MoveOpolis!

March 30 – April 2

Martha Graham impersonator extraordinaire Richard Move will perform alongside Graham principal dancers in ways that pay homage and poke fun at the first lady of modern dance.

Compañía Nacional de Danza at the Skirball Center

March 31- April 2

Madrid-based contemporary ballet company CND2 makes its New York City premiere. The performance is part of the company’s final tour with artistic director Nacho Duato, who took over the directorship of the ballet company of St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theater in January.

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